Haslam, Harwell raise $282K for Republican legislative candidates

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 12:14am

Two of the state’s highest-ranking Republican leaders have collectively raised more than $282,000 to aid GOP legislative races in a year the party hopes to land supermajority status in both chambers.

The donations came from a mix of businesses and individuals in donations as large as $10,000, according to a list of donors the Tennessee Republican Party provided to The City Paper.

“The Republican caucus typically helps existing incumbent members, but we wanted to help in races for new members as well,” Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters after a get-out-the-vote rally at Republican House Candidate Ben Claybaker’s campaign headquarters Monday.

The funds were deposited in the Governor’s Leadership Fund, an account within the Republican Party, according to party spokesman Adam Nickas. While the fund resembles a political action committee — which requires regular disclosures of who donated and how the money was spent — the two Republican leaders do not control how the dollars are used and do not have to register the account as a PAC.

The Tennessee Republican Party, which is in control of spending money from the account, funneled almost $92,000 of those dollars into 24 GOP House races, according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

8 Comments on this post:

By: pswindle on 11/6/12 at 9:21

I can't remember when a democratic Governor rasied money for the party as visual as Haslam and Harwell. I guess that they did not do enough damage the last two years. I was wondering , Is Haslam still trying to do away with the inheritance tax in TN? This would really benefit the Haslam family. I noticed where he is planning on laying off more state workers and each department has to reduce its budget by 5%. Money has to come from somewhere, I guess.

By: Specter47 on 11/6/12 at 9:41

Same old moaning and complaining from pswindle. Sour grapes, man. Boo hoo. Open your eyes...Dems raise big bucks, too.

By: TimSkow on 11/6/12 at 9:51

Tim Skow

HA ! .. pswindle, do want some cheese with that wHine ?? --

By the way.. TN is fast becoming the most attractive state in the South to build & grow business and create jobs. If you want to compete with FLORIDA [that has NO inheritance tax] an KEEP your families in TN that have been taxed for years on their income and have something to leave to their family.. then TN better GOVERN accordingly.

Before 2010 [and Under the control of the DEMs] State Government had grown full of waste, CRONY-ism and worse. One of the IMPORTANT goals of Gov Haslam, LtGov Ramsey and Speaker Harwell is that "TN Government be at least as effective as it costs".

Expect TAX PAYERS will reward their Republican leadership for years to come -- and more WHINE from those like pswindle !! GREAT new for TENNESSEE !!

By: joe41 on 11/6/12 at 10:44

I will not go to PILOT any more.

By: Rocket99 on 11/6/12 at 11:44

Tim Skow needs to do some fact checking. Just sayin.

By: zoobear on 11/6/12 at 3:11

Yes. The Tennessee Gift tax was repealed retroactively to January 1, 2012. The legislature has also provided for the gradual phase out of the inheritance tax (by increasing the exemption until 2015) with a complete repeal by 2016. The reason given was that Tennessee was losing wealthy residents / business owners who were moving to neighboring states with more favorable transfer tax rules. The revenue loss is relatively small-- 80 million compared to over 6 billion in sales and use tax (only about 1% of gross tax receipts came from inheritance taxes in 2011). In theory, keeping wealthier taxpayers in state would generate more revenue in the form of sales tax / income tax (yes, Tennessee has an indiviudal tax on many types of investment income) and other taxes that make up more of the revenue stream for our state. I won't pretend to know whether or not this will have the desired effect, but it may encourage business owners to stick around / expand when they might otherwise move to FL or some other state.

By: pswindle on 11/6/12 at 3:59

I have read where this will make a difference in what TN needs to run the state and compete. It will have to be made up somewhere and it will be the workers of this great state. The rich will get another pass and break. Can you just imagine how much our Governor and his family will save for their heirs? We want everyone to do well, but we must all pay thier fair share. Govenor Haslam would never release his income taxes. What does this say?

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